Buying traditional wooden advent calendars can cost quite a bit before you even fill it with toys and treats. Lego and Barbie Advent kits can cost $30-$50! Try some of these homemade Advent calendars that your kiddos will enjoy just about much as the more expensive store-bought kits.
25 Days of Family Activities: These printable cards can work well to fill any Advent calendar. Each card has daily activity or service. Trust me when I say that kids will love this more than getting little toys or candy every day and it saves you the headache of the “Gimmie's” or sugar overload. Print them HERE.
paper Bag Advent: It doesn't get any easier than this! Grab some paper bags (white, brown or Christmas colors). Then number them. You can even have the kids decorate them with stickers. Clip them to the wall, the door, or to a ribbon over your fireplace. *photo credit norskeinteriorblogger.no
Cardboard Box Advent Calendar: This is so easy because you can use anything including toilet paper tubes, tissue boxes, and more. You can even wrap them up with wrapping paper or use stickers or stamps for the solid colored boxes. *photo credit elledecoration.co.za
Envelope Advent Calendar: Like the bags, these can be done with envelopes of any size or color. They can be decorated and displayed anyway you would like. *photo credit blog.heylook.fi
Village Advent Calendar: Upgrade your cardboard box calendar by using white and colored paper, markers, and glue to make a village. *photo credit mrprintables.com
Advent Jar: This idea can be as simple as an old jar and some paper, brighter colors the better. You can also print the template HERE.
Advent Banner: Paper, scissors, a hole puncher, and some twine is all you need for this calendar. Then you can write family activity ideas on the back. *photo credit snug-online.blogspot.com
Be sure to check out these 25 Days of Service Ideas as well as Christmas Treat Ideas for Kids to Make.
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